Ten Ques­tions with Od­disee

Su­danese-Amer­i­can artist Od­disee takes five to an­swer 10 ahead of this week’s NZ shows.

Bay of Plenty Times - - Entertainment - Christ­mas, Shug­gah Doom, Give Love at I Want You.

Per­form­ers will in­clude Dam Dans — fea­tur­ing Brooke Singer (French for Rab­bits), Pene­lope Es­plin (Grawlixes), Jacqui Ny­man (Fraser Ross & the 04s & Sulco d’Alma) and Olivia Cam­pion (Girl boss & Yumi Zouma), Bangers and Smash, Bird­house, Bree Rose, Grown Downz, the Ju­lian Tem­ple Band, the Some­thing Quar­tet and DJ Kit­ten Witch.

The fes­ti­val will also fea­ture in­stal­la­tions from visual artists.

Live Mu­sic at the Let­tuce Inn #6 is at 33 Sedge­moor Lane, Katikati, on Jan­uary 26.

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Dunedin “sludge pop” band Soaked Oats are hit­ting the road for towns great and small on their 13-date Aotearoa tour.

The Shug­gah Doom Tour, start­ing De­cem­ber 28 and wrap­ping up on Fe­bru­ary 21, will visit cen­tres in­clud­ing Coro­man­del, Gis­borne, Mount Maun­ganui, Taupo, Leigh and Kapiti Coast among oth­ers.

Dur­ing that time the band will re­lease a new sin­gle, from an EP due early next year.

Soaked Oats have just re­turned from a suc­cess­ful US tour where they trav­elled in ex­cess of 10,000 miles in a 1980s RV to play 20 shows.

■ ■ ■ Chil­dren’s song­writ­ers Kath Bee and Anna van Riel have recorded a Christ­mas song,

with pro­ceeds go­ing to Va­ri­ety.

The catchy pop song, recorded at Wanaka by Danny Fair­ley, in­cludes a mul­ti­cul­tural and multi-aged choir from around the Wanaka area, with a gospel touch added by 12-year-old soloist Matilda Met­calf. Con­sis­tently ed­u­ca­tional and en­ter­tain­ing.

Why is mu­sic such a strong for­mat for ex­plor­ing po­lit­i­cal is­sues?

Any­thing in the form of song is eas­ier to di­gest. We learn maths and the al­pha­bet to mu­sic be­cause it helps us re­mem­ber. Our brains are wired to have a deeper con­nec­tion to things pre­sented in melody. I have no mes­sage I want peo­ple to leave with. I want peo­ple to leave with a feel­ing. My band and I are look­ing to use the live plat­form to be per­sonal and share an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. I’ll be per­form­ing mu­sic that cov­ers my en­tire cat­a­log. Although the mu­sic isn’t new, it’s been re­worked to feel new. To be hon­est, we go where we’re booked. That ques­tion would bet­ter be asked by the venues that take on our shows. Of­ten times we’re in­tro­duced to cities due to be­ing brought there.

You once tweeted that Auck­land is home of your favourite cloth­ing brand and favourite cof­fee. Is that still the case?

Ab­so­lutely. I Love Ugly is still a brand I sup­port and New Zealand has some of the best baris­tas on earth. Tak­ing my fi­ance´ , now wife, to Piha beach for a walk around.

If you had one wish that would come true, what would it be?

To con­tinue mak­ing mu­sic for a liv­ing the rest of my life.

You can only have one al­bum on your de­vice. What is it?

Marvin Gaye — with that al­bum so much. I con­nect The Roots, Tribe Called Quest, Bi­lal, Lit­tle Brother and Od­disee & Good Compny.

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